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Tree Farm, Zibo, Shantung Province, China
  • Pok Chi Lau
    born 1950
    born: Hong Kong
  • Tree Farm, Zibo, Shantung Province, China, 2004
  • inkjet print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 390 x 585 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 15 3/8 x 23 1/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 434 x 667 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 17 1/16 x 26 1/4 in
    Mat Dimensions: 24 x 32 in
  • Not on display
  • EL2008.040
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Trees & Other Ramifications: Branches in Nature & Culture," Mar-2009, Steve Goddard
The artist explains:
“Since China’s building boom exploded in the 1980s, tree farms sprang up everywhere. Many places and people were sensitive to cameras. I was intrigued by many of these farms. Consistently they were surrounded by trashed plastic bags. I believe the behavior is largely a carryover from China’s large agricultural society, in which natural things were left to decompose to return to nature. Plastic bags were not used in China until the eighties. Looking closer, I think this occurs more at the edges of towns and cities, where an urban disposable lifestyle overcomes the tree farmers’ intentions to keep the property clean. It is an irony that planting trees in urban areas is supposed to be a loving matter.”